D-311, Initial Attack Dispatcher, 2005

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide a consistent knowledge and skill base for the Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP). The concepts taught in this course will help an IADP perform at an acceptable level on a national basis without regard to geographic boundaries. The course is a mix of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and simulation. Students will have the opportunity to practice new skills in the exercise and simulation portions of the class.

Course Objective:

  • Dispatch multiple resources to an incident using standard procedures.
  • Identify the common roles of an IADP in the initial attack dispatch environment.
  • Practice multitasking and prioritizing actions in a realistic situation.

Target Group

Initial Attack Dispatchers desiring to be available for national mobilization (across geographic area boundaries).

Course Delivery

Information not available at this time.

Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training32
Total Hours32

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for D-311 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Successful completion of Basic Firefighter (S-130) and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190).
  • Qualified as Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC).

Course Level

Regional, state, or area


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